Monday, January 26, 2009

The Rock Boat IX - 2009

Cruise #2 of the year was The Rock Boat. This was the 9th Rock Boat and it is the granddaddy of all the boats. It is "Spring Break for those with Credit" as Sister Hazel calls it and ALWAYS a good time! A ton of Chicago friends escaped the brutal beast of a winter we have been having and jetted off to Miami for the boat. That was an added bonus and trouble at the same time as there was always a smiling face and a drink being pushed my way. The Rock Boat is paradise at sea... friends and excellent music... in the warm Caribbean sun. This year's lineup was no different with the likes of Sister Hazel -
(Sister Hazel... or better known as Reggae Hazel onboard The Rock Boat IX - Photography by Will Byington)

Tonic, Cowboy Mouth, Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers -
(Stephen Kellogg and members of his band the Sixers - onboard The Rock Boat IX - Photography by Will Byington)
Aslyn -
(Aslyn onboard The Rock Boat IX - Photography by Will Byington)

Zac Brown, Alternate Routes, Hanson... yes, Hanson - mmmmmbop and all....
(Hanson after their charity walk onboard The Rock Boat IX - Photography by Will Byington)

And Gaelic Storm just to name a few! I am going to cheat on my details of the adventure... and just post the words of Artist Relations Director and one of the most fun people I know... The guy everyone should know... as he brings an adventure everywhere he goes... Kappy. He posted this on Facebook and it could not be written better. I could spend weeks trying to sum up the boat and it would not do it this well.... so.... read below. And if you can... book yourself NOW on one of these boats.

Here is what Kappy had to say....
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I have had the pleasure of sailing on every Rock Boat, even the infamous half charter in 2001, and to date, TRB 09 was the best. I need to preface this blog with a quick note, I am typing this as I am still a little "Boat Dumb," but I will explain that later.

First and foremost, Sixthman is the greatest group of people I could ever associate myself with. You are true professionals, passionate about your careers, and just down right bad asses when it comes to delivering an experience. Thank you for letting me be part of the team.

Second, I am "Boat Dumb" right now. BD is a condition that you get after a mind blowing experience that includes 29 bands/artists, a 24 hour bar, a casino, unlimited amounts of pizza, and the best time of your life. Symptoms of BD include forgetting your name, forgetting your cabin number, or even forgetting what ocean you are in. Symptoms also include, but are not limited to yelling, screaming, wanting to say a sentence such as "Excuse me, but what band is that up there?" and it comes out as "Holy ****, who is rocking my face off right now?" BD also has symptoms such as long bouts of insomnia followed by instant cases of narcolepsy, it also has symptoms of bingeing and purging (even when you are a professional flip cup champion). The BD makes some people feel like Superman, and some probably think they can fly. The BD makes you laugh, cry, do shots of Jager, then cry, and it evens makes you hit on 14 when the dealer shows a 6. The BD is a very bad condition, but a very good one also. The BD makes you very happy when you get it and when you are over the BD, you are very sad. The difference in BD, is that this is the only "disease" you wish to return every year.

Third, I washed my hair this morning with Kiehl's Facial Scrub.... I blame that on BD.

Fourth, the music on the cruise this year was unbelievable and I have to say thank you to all the TRB artists. Each and everyone of you delivered an experience and performance that was legendary. These are a few I can recall (this is the BD blocking certain parts of my brain, or I could remember more)...

- Cowboy Mouth on Lido to kick off TRB 09 and absolutely kicking my teeth in with a set that rivals anything they have ever done. This one performance set the vibe and kick started my BD.
- GRO on the Lido deck as they performed on their first Rock Boat.
- Blackberry Smoke.... all I can say is that I want to drink whiskey and watch you guys play... unreal.
- Gaelic Storm brought the whiskey and I brought the Light and we both miss Moonshine.
- Sister Hazel as SH/DC rocked my clothes off... if you were there you know what I mean.
- The Bluffs performance showed everyone all of your talents and was a show that people will speak of for years.
- Scott Munns and Frannie are made of solid ROCK!
- Zac Brown Band... 3 hours.... Lido deck.... thank you.
- Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers... See You Later, See You Soon... you made a grown ass man shed a tear... you get it and so did I...

Fifth, Mole was the missing link.

Sixth, I will answer my phone at least twice and say "Go for Kappy"... again, the BD.

Seventh, I have seen many a cruise and many an experience, but this one, this particular event, set the standard and the only way to really understand what I am talking about is that you had to be there.

Eighth, I can't get rid of this cotton mouth... I have drank 9 cans of La Croix, a half gallon of water, and 2 glasses of tea, and I still need hydration.

Ninth, I love the ocean and being on it with all of you made it extra special.

Thank you to all

Grande Rojo.... or Kappy
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Next year is the 10th Rock Boat... leaving in early January 2010... and I am already counting down the days as many others are....


ADDITIONAL GALLERIES OF IMAGES OF FRIENDS AND BANDS FROM TRB IX:

GALLERY #1
GALLERY #2
GALLERY #3

Enjoy.

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